My man crush on Baltimore Ravens‘ undrafted rookie TE Matt Furstenburg has been in full swing pretty much all offseason. Just imagine my excitement when I heard the news of Visanthe Schiancoe being released. Nothing against Schiancoe, but his release increases the chances of my boy Furstenburg making the team.
Furstenburg always seems to pop up on my weekly Ravens slideshows, such as 9 Under The Radar Ravens To Watch This Preseason and 5 No-Name Ravens Who Could Explode in 2013. I’m not the only though, as one of my colleagues, Jeff Kryglik, did a nice piece on Furstenburg.
As of now, Ed Dickson is still the Ravens’ top tight end on the depth chart, as he should be. Dickson suffered a slight hamstring tear early in training camp, and has since missed all of the preseason; his status for opening night against the Denver Broncos is uncertain at this point. While no longer in his prime, Dallas Clark is a proven pass catching tight end who could still be productive. The problem with Clark, however, is that he’s a little undersized and has had trouble staying healthy. Dickson has had some injury woes himself, and has been inconsistent in the passing game. Billy Bajema is Furstenburg’s main competition for the last tight end spot on the roster. Bajema is mostly known as a blocking tight end, so what the Ravens desire out of the tight ends on the roster will decide the winner of that last spot.
Personally, I think Furstenburg could be great this year. Not next year, not in a few years, but this year. However, that all depends on whether or not he’ll have the opportunity. If worse comes to worse, he could always be a practice squad guy, but considering the inconsistencies and injury histories of the tight ends before him, Furstenburg could be a godsend. Just to drive the point home, I’ll end this with a bold statement. Furstenburg could come close to replacing the production of Dennis Pitta.